Today, I was thinking about Aunt Bee, Frances Bavier, from “The Andy Griffith Show.”
After that show and a few other acting gigs, Bavier retired from show business in 1972 and moved to the picturesque little town of Siler City, North Carolina.
I tell you this because Brian and I lived in North Carolina at the time of her death and our local paper had a pretty huge write-up about her. The article stated that she had a reputation for being a difficult actress and apparently even had a few run-ins with Andy Griffith on the set. (Griffith said later that about 4 months before she died, she called him to apologize.) The story also said that when Bavier moved to North Carolina, she became quite a recluse. I read that Ron Howard came to visit once and she wouldn’t let him into her house.
Well, when she died in 1989, she left her estate to numerous local charities. It was also discovered that she left behind 15 cats.
It is the 15 cats that made me think of her. You see, we are now a four cat family (unless someone steps forward to take the newest addition, Charlie).
So I thought of Aunt Bee and her 15 cats today because we brought Charlie into the house. She is so cute and she is absolutely fearless! Sam Dog loves her and I hope he doesn’t eat her! The other cats aren’t real sure what they think, yet.
So, Aunt Bee died and her house stank like cats gone wild and everyone referred to her as “the crazy old cat lady.”
This is not me. No way. Nuh uh.
Here are a few pictures last weekend of our critters: